Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:35 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Linux Linux advocates have for so long advocated browser-accessed software as a service as a way to break out of Microsoft's proprietary desktop. Now that this world has arrived, there's less incentive to work on native Linux apps.
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by ssokolow on Sun 6th Nov 2011 10:28 UTC
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I certainly agree that, as a platform, the browser has its advantages.

For example, I find it MUCH easier to craft custom GUI elements in CSS/HTML/JS than in raw GTK+ drawing code, even with PyGTK and it does make it much easier to write a single UI that adjusts to all form factors.

However, I'm also the kind of guy who uses Gentoo Linux because it's the easiest way I've found so far to mix-and-match exactly the versions I want of various apps, lock them in if I don't like the newer versions, and apply my own patches if need be.

For apps where the browser DOES provide the simplest solution which are also fully-open source (like TiddlyWiki), I've never had an issue with using web apps.

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